Letters – May 2007

Letters – May 2007

Letters to the Editor

Grammar Slammer
Though I look forward to my issue of Toastmaster each month, the March issue was one for the books. I was immensely entertained by “Life in a Grammar Slammer” by Jason Love. The article was so chock full of lessons, I had to read it twice!

The magazine is helpful to this Toastmaster on so many levels; you all are to be commended. I am proud to be part of this first-class organization.
Alan Pippenger, ATMB • Capital City Toastmasters Club Tallahassee, Florida 

My First Toastmaster Magazine
I was rummaging through a tall pile of mail and came across my first Toastmaster magazine (March). It was 10 a.m. and I had just arrived home from what could only be described as a harrowing office experience (A four-hour phone system upgrade that turned into a 17-hour ordeal). I had been awake for 27 hours straight when I read the article, “Life in a Grammar Slammer.”

Suddenly everything was right in the universe. I laughed so hard I cried. You eradicated my foul mood and transformed my day into a joyous one. You have fulfilled what I view as the ultimate Toastmasters goal: Improve yourself while improving the lives of others, and improve the world. Thank you for raining sunshine on what would otherwise have been a bleak, dreary day!
Bill Lowe • Red Bank Toastmasters Club • Red Bank, New Jersey

Capable Cab Driver
That is such a great and inspiring story about Arthur McCleneghan (“The Ability to Advocate,” March). It is always nice to know the positive impact of Toastmasters on people’s lives. Simply Amazing! Thank you for sharing that with us.
Betsey Katiti, ATMB • Monument Toastmasters Club Silver Spring, Maryland 

Love Those Meeting Evaluations
One thing I absolutely love about Toastmasters meetings is evaluations. The February issue of Toastmaster highlighted a subject close to my heart, and I found myself feeling surprised that some people dread being evaluated in the “Learning To (Almost) Like Criticism” article.

I joined Palmerston North Toastmasters nearly two years ago and I have been highly impressed by the method of evaluation that Toastmasters recommends, which we shorten to the “CRC” method: highlighting points of commendation, finding one or two ways to recommend improvement and then finishing with another commendation. The culture of our club is such that every member is treated with care and respect, even when they fumble.

I place huge value on the feedback I receive from other members. Evaluation? Bring it on!
Astarte, ACB • Palmerston North Toastmasters Palmerston North, New Zealand

You Can’t Go Wrong If You Name That Song
What a wonderful and informative article in the March edition, written by Malcolm Kushner (“You Can’t Go Wrong If You Name That Song”). However I would like to point out that Elvis wasn’t born in Memphis, but rather Tupelo, Mississippi.

Even though it is a minor point that doesn’t affect the outcome or essence of the article, to an Elvis fan like myself, the error sticks out like a sore thumb.
Mike Foster • Windsor Toastmasters Club • Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Editor’s Note: We’re all shook up that we missed that! Our apologies to Elvis fans everywhere. 

Getting Comfy with Comedy
Thank you for reminding us all about the need to use caution in matching our use of humor to the audience and venue (“Getting Comfy with Comedy,” March 2007). After moving to a new community, I visited several Toastmasters clubs to find just the right fit. At one, I was warmly welcomed. But later in the meeting, a speaker who was trying out a speech for a humor contest used some jokes that were embarrassing and made me, as a visitor, feel especially uncomfortable.

Even if a club is one big happy family, every speaker should be aware of the potential impact of his or her presentations on any visitor in the audience. Needless to say, I did not visit this particular club a second time.
Helen Laack • Mayo Day Breakers Club • Rochester, Minnesota